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DIACC Releases Second PoC – Online Proof of Residency

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The Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada Releases Second Proof of Concept – Online Proof of Residency

Moving Real World Transactions Online – Building Canada’s Digital Economy

Toronto, June 14, 2016 – The Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) today released its second proof of concept report – online proof of residency.

“Driving innovation and developing the frameworks that enable businesses and governments to move real world transactions online in a way that increases privacy, security and efficiency is a core focus for the DIACC and our members,” said Dave Nikolejsin, DIACC Chair.

Residency is used by governments, the private sector and the social-profit sector to ensure that eligible clients receive the products and services they need.  For example, residency is used to determine tuition fees for universities, provide access to regional business promotions, renew a driver’s licence and to enable access to community programs.

Today, to conduct a proof of residency clients must present themselves physically and provide a utility bill, financial statement or similar document that would demonstrate a tie to a physical address. This experience is neither privacy enhancing nor convenient for the client, and organizations are forced to maintain antiquated processes that are increasingly susceptible to fraud. In short, it is a lose-lose situation.

Recognizing this challenge, and an ongoing desire to move to digital services, the DIACC has undertaken a review of the opportunity to modernise a proof of residency experience; one that places the client, and their privacy, at the centre of the process.

“By putting the client at the centre of the proof of residency, the DIACC was able to focus on developing an online proof of residency framework that is privacy enhancing, secure, transparent, robust and efficient,” added Eros Spadotto, DIACC Vice-Chair and Executive Vice-President, Technology Strategy, TELUS. Control is in the hands of the client. The client initiates any requests. No information is requested or shared without the express and clearly informed consent of the client”.

Building upon the success of the DIACC’s first proof of concept – enabling Canadian residents to open bank accounts entirely online – the DIACC is leveraging its unique combination of private and public sector members to develop made in Canada frameworks that will enable Canadian businesses, governments and citizens to leverage the global digital economy and drive innovation. The DIACC is committed to working with the Canadian government and all partners to develop an Innovation Agenda for Canada that works for all Canadians.

“Canadians are among the world’s top digital users. We spend over 40 hours a month on-line registering for school, interacting with governments, banking, shopping and connecting with friends and family. Canada’s total digital population is 29.4 million and growing,” said Graeme Gordon, DIACC Board member and Vice President of Digital Channels, Canada Post. “Canadians -our businesses, our governments, our social-profit community and our people – will all benefit from the innovation, security, and convenience of a more digitally connected Canada”.

About the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

Created as a result of the federal government’s Task Force for the Payments System Review, the DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canada’s full and secure participation the global digital economy. DIACC members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders.

The DIACC’s objective is to unlock economic opportunities for Canadian consumers, and businesses by providing the framework to develop a robust, secure, scalable and privacy enhancing digital identification and authentication ecosystem that will decrease costs for governments, consumers, and business while improving service delivery and driving GDP growth.


Spotlight on 2Keys

 2keys_logo_large In this edition of the DIACC member Spotlight, we chat with experts from 2Keys. Learn about their work, why they strongly believe Canada benefits from a unified set of Digital Identity Standards, and why they joined the DIACC league of experts.

1. What is the mission and vision of 2Keys?

2Keys was founded in 1998 upon the 3 tenets of Information Security: Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. We are employee owned. Our mission is to help our clients create more secure digital experiences by providing best in class Cyber Security and Digital Identity Solutions.  We have 18 years of experience in Digital ID and authentication. We provide our clients with lifecycle capabilities in Policy, Operations and Technology.

2. Why is Digital Identity critical for your success?

We have been engaged in Digital Identity in both the public and private sectors since day one and the opportunities and challenges of Digital Identity just keep increasing. Digital Identity and authentication allows our clients and their user communities to meet their needs for secure, trusted and always available access to online services and transactions.

Digital Identity and authentication helps to eliminate inefficient and manual paper-based processes and transactions as it also adds value by providing a more secure and private user experience. It can also help an enterprise understand better how to serve its user communities going forward.

With almost two decades of experience in the public and private sectors providing consulting, system development, systems integration, and managed (i.e. outsourced) 24/7 Digital Identity and authentication services, 2Keys is well positioned in the Canadian marketplace to help make Digital Identity a reality.

3. What strategic goals does 2Keys target to achieve in the next 5 years?

We have three strategic goals with respect to Digital Identity: Share our experiences and expertise to help in the development and adoption of Canadian Digital Identity standards; help the Canadian public and private sectors implement and realize the business and security benefits of Digital Identity; and lastly and most importantly, to help improve the range and availability of secure privacy enhancing online services for all Canadians.

2Keys is a strong supporter of Digital Identity standards, supporting the work of the Government of Canada Identity Management Sub Committee on Pan-Canadian Digital Identity Standards as well as the work being done by DIACC on Digital Identity and Identity Proofing.  2Keys envisions a future where these standards will merge into a single unified set of Digital Identity Standards for Canada.

4. What else would you like us to know about 2Keys?

2Keys looks to be a trusted advisor for the public and private sector in Cyber Security and Digital Identity – from policy, to system design, development and integration, to technology selection, to operations and security monitoring and response.  With a range of capabilities from on-site security consulting to fully managed and hosted services, 2Keys has a depth of knowledge and experience in the Canadian Marketplace.  Our Managed Security Services portfolio includes Credential and Identity as a Service, Virtual CISO (vCISO), PKI and HSM as a Service, and SOC as a Service. Lastly while we regularly work with commercial products we are also advocates of the benefits of open standards and open source technologies.

5. Why did you join DIACC?

DIACC is the organization leading the mobilization of the private sector to harmonize public sector approaches to Digital Identity and authentication with private sector needs and opportunities on Digital Identity and Digital Identity Standards in Canada.  We share this objective. DIACC is an organization that is positioned to play an increasingly important role – and it’s also a great place for 2Keys to continue to learn and develop our capabilities and experiences. 2Keys has contributed and will continue to contribute to the good work being done by DIACC.